New Teachers

In keeping with the District 54 School Board’s mission to ensure student success while fostering lifelong learning, District 54 is committed to hiring and retaining a highly qualified staff. The District 54 Induction and Mentoring Program is designed to support new teachers and specialists and to create a professional growth environment. Mentor training, professional development classes and individual goal-setting are integral components of the District 54 Induction and Mentoring Program.


The district instructional mentor is part of the District 54 New Teacher Induction Program. We are partnering with the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), the Illinois State Board of Education and other districts in Illinois to enhance our existing mentoring programs. The mentors are released from classroom teaching responsibilities for three to four years to form partnerships with new teachers, assisting them in understanding the core curriculum, classroom management, instructional strategies, assessment and all aspects of their professional development. Mentors will participate in extensive 12 days of training with a focus on Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and appropriate content teaching standards. They will refine their skills in developing trusting and open relationships and dialogues around instruction. They will use formative assessment tools to coach novice teachers.

Meet Our Mentors

Jennifer Antonson

Christine Jackson

Michelle Felice

Julie Gorvett


Salary Lane Credit Classes

Illinois Professional Teaching Standards


Associate Superintendent Nick Myers or Cyndi Ballmaier, administrative assistant, at (847) 357-5141.